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Tuesday, February 18 2014

‘Darkman’: The Face of Revenge

Darkman, the darkest hero (an amalgam or classic horror monsters) versus the criminal underworld... in broad daylight.


Jiggle TV? ‘Charlie’s Angels’

It's worth noting that, the problematic politics of the series aside, this is not great TV.


Monday, February 17 2014

‘Game of Thrones’ Sets the Gold Standard for TV Dramas

It’s no wonder that Game of Thrones is one of HBO’s biggest successes and a worldwide phenomenon. Plus, you know, it's got dragons.


Friday, February 14 2014

‘Jayne Mansfield’s Car’ at the Fringe of the Family

This is a drama of two families brought together by death and the resulting stories that splinter off from that singular event.


The Darcys Have Reputation Anxiety in ‘Death Comes to Pemberley’

The spectre of murder threatens to divide Elizabeth and Darcy in this adaptation of P.D. James' Austen homage, but the poor grasp of character might be the more devastating crime, here.


Thursday, February 13 2014

‘A Single Shot’ Has Potential, but Bogs Down in Numbled Noir Shoe-Gazing

Most of A Single Shot is an almost fetishistic look at life in this small, broken down town.


Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in a Well-Made BBC Biopic

Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West capture the emotional truth of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's relationship in the BBC biopic, Burton and Taylor.


Wednesday, February 12 2014

‘Good Times’: Ain’t We Lucky We Got ‘Em?

The truth is that Good Times is an excellent and remarkably funny show. The irony of the show and its title continues to resonate.


‘The Phantom of the Opera’ Is Unsettling and Imbued with a Dense and Shadowy Gothic Atmosphere

This wonderful HD restoration of Universal's horror classic reiterates the brilliance of Lon Chaney's grotesque creation.


Tuesday, February 11 2014

‘Sherlock’ and the Case of the Changing, Challenging Identities

The third season of Sherlock becomes much more meta and challenges the very concept of who Sherlock Holmes is, and suggests change is indeed in the (east) wind.


‘Night of the Demons’ Does Schlock Right

Horror fans need to pick this one up, even if the '80s seems like a black hole of bad sequels and a morass of bad ideas.


Monday, February 10 2014

‘The White Queen’ Is the War of the Roses, from the Women’s Point of View

Battles and beheadings, letters sent and lost, dungeons and plenty of who-can-you-trust moments. The White Queen is a whopping good time.


A Night at the Movies with Marty

In terms of historical importance and pure cinematic thrills, Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project will be practically impossible to surpass.


Friday, February 7 2014

Many Controls but No Master: ‘I Dream of Wires: Hardcore Edition’

The history of the modular synthesizer is one that involves competing origins, unwieldy equipment, aesthetic disputes, and the whims of business and art.


Thursday, February 6 2014

‘Blue Jasmine’ Is Woody Allen’s Greatest Tragedy

Tennessee Williams sent his Blanche du Bois into the abyss, Woody Allen sends his Jasmine to the magical world where she always longed to be.


Yield to Dilbert’s Technical Superiority

The 2014 re-release of the complete Dilbert series looks and sounds good and is bargain priced, but has none of the extras of the 2004 release.


Wednesday, February 5 2014

‘Thanks for Sharing’ Fails to Shed Light on Sexual Addiction

Thanks for Sharing doesn't dissect its protagonists and explore the complexity of their addictive personalities. So why should we care?


‘The Beast of Hollow Mountain’ & ‘The Neanderthal Man’ Offer Plenty of Hokey Fun

For fans of '50s sci-fi silliness, the dinosaur may grab your attention, but that other movie is the better one.


Tuesday, February 4 2014

Life, Death, and All the Rest of the Early AIDS Crisis

Dallas Buyers Club works because it doesn't over-sentimentalize its subject, and for that reason alone, it has quite the emotional impact.


If Only ‘Adore’ Were as Wonderful as Its Two Leading Ladies

Anne Fontaine seems merely satisfied with having her movie linger between scandal and hedonism.


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